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news news Harvard Launches New Casambi-Enabled LED Drivers In a partnership with Holders, UK distributors for Casambi, Harvard Power Systems is launching a full range of their high specification CLi Series LED drivers with built-in Casambi wireless communications capabilities. The new range of CLi-Casambi LED drivers will be available exclusively through Holders, who offer a number of Casambi-enabled products which work seamlessly together to form a mesh network. Casambi provides a modern wireless lighting control system based on Bluetooth Low Energy, the only low power wireless technology in all modern smart phones, tablets and even smart watches. Working with Holders, Harvard Power Systems have integrated a Casambi node into its full range of CoolLED PRO CLi Series LED drivers whilst retaining all their high specification features in their ultracompact size – the drivers are half the size of other lower technology drivers. The key advantage of the smaller case size of Harvard LED drivers is that they fit through relatively small 40mm or 56mm holes in the ceiling, making them ideal as a fast-fit solution for use with LED downlights. The CoolLED PRO CLi Series of Casambi-enabled LED drivers are available in 15W, 25W and 40W versions and are programmable from 100 to 1400mA. Specification rich, the CLi Series LED drivers provide smooth flickerfree dimming down to 0.1%, particularly desirable for aesthetic & display applications, whilst also allowing smooth Soft-On & Soft-Off functionality, offering enhanced comfort for interior and architectural applications. Mark Needham, Managing Director of Harvard Power Systems comments, “ We are delighted to have worked in syscomtec Finalise Partnership with Ledeca syscomtec Distribution AG is a new sales partner for turnkey LED display solutions from Ledeca in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. syscomtec provides resellers and system houses with AV technologies from international manufacturers. Together with supplementary products from Ledeca, syscomtec is now offering tailor-made LED displays for digital signage applications and visualisation systems for enterprises, public organisations, hotels, and museums, as well as services for indoor areas. Ledeca, based in Istanbul/Turkey, develops and produces high-quality LED-based multimedia solutions for digital and interactive advertising, information and orientation in indoor and outdoor areas. Ledeca’s products are in use across multiple vertical markets such as outdoor advertisement, out-of-home messaging, conference and meeting rooms, building facades, sports stadiums, traffic, transportation, and TV studios. The company focuses on customer-oriented turnkey solutions. They design and provide projects with partnership with Holders on this range of Casambi-enabled drivers particularly because we know that customers will be assured of the best possible customer service in the way of technical support and advice to achieve the best solutions for their lighting schemes.” Mat Hanson, Sales Director for Holders, adds, “Holders are delighted to partner Harvard Power Systems in promoting their market leading, integrated Casambi LED drivers. This great development marries best-in-class Bluetooth technology, in the form of Casambi, with the deepest dimming, flicker-free technology from Harvard. Bringing together these two exciting technologies, the Casambi-enabled Harvard CLi15 and CLi40 LED drivers are ideal for the demanding specifications of residential, architectural, hospitality and retail projects where exciting dynamic control of LED lighting is required, without compromising the quality of light being delivered.” Harvard’s CLi Series LED drivers including 0–10V, DALI dimmable and now the fully embedded CASAMBI variants, all come with a comprehensive five-year warranty. All are SELV compliant and will operate with a lower voltage supply, compatible with emergency applications. Extended life tests demonstrate high reliability and low audible noise below 20dBA yet despite their high specification, these new LED drivers are competitively priced to meet market demand. n all necessary supplementary products including frame design for any kind of metal construction and adaptation, hardware, content management, and automation software, as well as services for installation, commissioning, calibration, and real-time monitoring. The products are characterised by flexible screen sizes, designs and shapes, plug and play functionality, brilliant colour quality and reliable 24/7 continuous operation at low operation costs. "Ledeca's products have convinced us and perfectly complement our range of visualisation solutions," explains Claus Lohse, CEO of syscomtec Distribution AG. "For Ledeca and us, individual support and excellent services for our customers are the basis for our Company philosophy. With Ledeca we have gained an ideal partner". "The partnership will strengthen our presence in the German-speaking countries“, adds Orhan Kaplan, Ledeca founder, and Managing Director. "With over 20 years of experience, syscomtec is a renowned distributor and we are looking forward to working with a strong partner". n Zytronic x Touch/Virtual Button Concept Provides Cost-Effective Interface for Rugged Applications Zytronic has extended its capability to design and manufacture projected capacitive user interfaces that combine a “traditional” dynamic touch area with surrounding capacitive keys. Named ZyBrid and based upon Zytronic’s multitouch capable, projected capacitive technology (MPCT), this latest development opens up new opportunities to improve and enhance the design of human interface devices (HID) for a wide range of applications that prove challenging to conventional approaches. While touchscreens provide an intuitive and flexible interface, incorporating a large display into a control panel can add significant cost and weight compared to conventional mechanical controls, whilst also increasing the unit’s power consumption, none of which is desirable. Zytronic’s ZyBrid solution allows a touch display of an appropriately small size to be paired with nonmechanical printed and fixed keys in the same glass surface. This approach has the added benefit of creating a seamless, completely sealable user interface, with no holes or gaps to trap dirt or allow liquid ingress. Zytronic’s patented projected capacitive touch technology will detect multiple simultaneous fingers, conductive styli and even gloved or dirty hands, through glass thicknesses of 10mm or more. In doing so, it ignores raindrops, leaves, dirt, ice and other debris that can ‘fool’ other touch solutions. As a result, ZyBrid is suited to both indoor and outdoor use. The ZyBrid solution consists of a customised glass ZyBrid touch sensor combined with a Zytronic ZXY500 multi-touch controller that supports up to 100 independent touch points and rapid touch detection. With its ownership of both the touchscreen manufacture and touch controller design and algorithm development, Zytronic has developed special firmware for the controller so that a dynamic touch sensing area can be defined alongside fixed key positions and even a “touch-pad”. Working closely with customers, the touch interface is designed, glass is cut, printed and thermally toughened in-house, and then Zytronic’s electronics engineers customise the firmware per the client request, defining the key function and output protocol. n KIOSK solutions If you have any news please email Laura Vallis, [email protected] Oxford University and Amazon Web Services Create a Test-Bed for Cloud-Based Research The University of Oxford has announced a new strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The collaboration will focus on building a portfolio of new research projects relating to AI, robotics, cyber-physical systems, human-centred computing, and support to the University’s new “Lighthouse” Doctoral Scholarships. This new university-industry collaboration, supported by a £7 million gift from AWS to the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, will accelerate advances in AI and Data Science across the entire research portfolio of the University. Professor Patrick Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) University of Oxford, said: ‘Cloud computing is an essential part of modern research. "A streamlined operating model for using cloud services will benefit all of our researchers. The Oxford Robotics Institute, the Cyber Physical Systems Group, and the Human Centred Computing group are leading the initial projects in the short term, but I look forward to growing the collaboration to bring research benefits across our research work more broadly.’ Max Peterson, VP International Sales Worldwide Public Sector, AWS, said: ‘We are excited about this collaboration with the University of Oxford. "With AWS, the University will be able to accelerate time-to-science as multiple, large experiments can be conducted in parallel with greater ease and in less time. And by driving cost down, researchers can dramatically increase the scale of computational experimentation. The collaboration demonstrates how academia can use the cloud to deliver excellent science with greater speed, flexibility and security, compared to using on premises data centres. "Through our donation we will also support a new generation of researchers accessing cloud-native tools and technology for research through the University’s “Lighthouse” Doctoral Scholarships program." Oxford University has a vibrant, large and growing programme in Data Science, AI and Robotics research and development. To support and inspire the research, students, and staff, access to fast-moving, state-ofthe-art large-scale computing resources is critical. AWS, one of the leading global cloud providers, offers secure, reliable, scalable, low-cost cloud infrastructure that underpins millions of customers around the world and this collaboration will significantly accelerate the cloud-based research conducted at the University. n 12 KIOSK solutions KIOSK solutions 13